DA: IEC at risk of being ANC lapdog

Helen Zille says she is questioning whether the Electoral Court can still be trusted.

Democratic Alliance leader Helen Zille. Picture: AFP.

JOHANNESBURG - The Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) is at risk of becoming an African National Congress (ANC) lapdog, Democratic Alliance leader Helen Zille said on Monday.

Zille said she is questioning whether the Electoral Court can still be trusted.

She's used her online newsletter to claim that it may be difficult to have confidence that there will be a free and fair election during the local government polls in 2016.

Zille said recent events like the ANC blocking a municipal hall booked by the DA in Port Elizabeth and the way the Electoral Court behaved during the by-elections in Tlokwe, raise serious questions about the independence of the IEC.

DA spokesperson Ntomboxolo Makoba says this is all part of a trend.

"That to us means the ANC is using its power to overrule the IEC as well. Now we would wonder if we will really have free and fair elections in 2016."